Alleged Local Operator of Norte del Valle Cartel Captured in Nicaragua
By Dialogo August 07, 2012The Nicaraguan police captured Bismarck Jirón Lira on Aug. 4. Lira is suspected of being an important operator for the Norte del Valle cartel in Colombia, and the police stated that they seized close to $ 1 million he had hidden in a luxurious residence in Managua. Jirón was “the main operator in Nicaragua for this cell”, stated the Nicaraguan police spokesman, Fernando Borge to AFP.
Thirty-nine-year-old Jirón, was also wanted by the International Police (Interpol) and was detained in his vehicle while with his girlfriend, Ana Ponce, after a police chase in Las Sierritas de Santo Domingo, a residential area in the southern outskirts of the Nicaraguan capital.
The suspect was wanted by Interpol since 2011, and operated the logistical support base for the Norte del Valle cartel in Nicaragua.
After his arrest, the antinarcotics agents searched his residence in Las Sierritas, where they seized $901,770, according to Borge. They also seized six checkbooks, three vehicles, a building and three firearms, indicated the statement issued by the police hours later.
The note stated that Jirón would send narcotics through the Pacific Rim of Nicaragua to alleged drug trafficker Javier Cachiro, who supplies the Mexican cartels.
Jirón’s network was in charge of obtaining vehicles and houses to stash the narcotics and to offer resting locations for the criminals, as well as providing boats, communications and other equipment to the members of the cell, stated Borge.
The alleged drug trafficker was captured in the framework of Operation “Cumbre” which the Nicaraguan police is implementing in tribute to the 33rd anniversary of its founding.
Within the past year, the Nicaraguan police have detained more than 20 alleged local drug traffickers who served as support to international cartels operating in the Pacific and Caribbean regions of Nicaragua.